Monday, February 06, 2006

Mahou Shoujo Club (aka Sasami-chan returns...)


She's baaaaaack...


Mihoshi-sensei embarrassing herself...ah, some characters never change...

Just when you thought you'd never see the cast of Tenchi in an alternate universe yet again, there's a new series coming out in April starring Sasami-chan, called "Mahou Shoujo Club". I loved Magical Project S/Pretty Sammy, the original Tenchi spinoff where Sasami was a mahou shoujo, so I've got high hopes for this.

The new series has nothing to do with the old Pretty Sammy series though, it sounds like it's based on a manga coming out that's aimed at guys, so it'll probably be similar to Nanoha or Magical Canan. The plot, as near as I can tell, is Sasami is a member of the Cooking Club at school, and Washu is the club's faculty advisor--only it's not JUST the Cooking Club, it's also the front for the Mahou Shoujo Club. Mihoshi is Sasami's (undoubtedly ditzy) homeroom teacher, and Misao (from Pretty Sammy and Battle Programmer Shirase) is back as Sasami's best friend, as is Ryo-Ohki.

There's a video up if you click on "Movie" on the official website, and it looks pretty good--the background song is catchy too. The new character designs take a little getting used to, but the animation quality overall looks like it should be a lot better than the 1995 Pretty Sammy TV series was. Don't know anything much about the manga it's based on, but still looking forward to seeing what they do with this. Pretty Sammy TV (or "Magical Project S" in Region 1) was hilarious, never taking itself too seriously and parodying the mahou shoujo genre, but it's hard to tell from the short video what approach this new series will take. Although it's been so long I wonder if they'll get the same seiyuu to reprise Sasami, Misao, Washu, and Mihoshi...guess we'll see two months from now...

It's probably asking for too much, but I hope Washu-sensei still has the guitar from Pretty Sammy TV...

2 comments:

lilly-chan said...

the voice actors arnt the same unfortunatly but there are episodes posted on youtube.com and they look good but not as good as magical project s i think.the outfits are really cute though.

suguru said...

Sadly I probably don't know enough Japanese to follow them, I tried watching an episode raw but was lost for the most part. Hopefully some group picks it up eventually, its odds of getting a license are probably slim...